I’m going to London in a few weeks! It will be a whirlwind of geeky goodness:
3.15pm – 4.30pm
Writing LGBTQ+ Characters in SFF
Laura Lam, author of the award winning Pantomime & Shadowplay (which has an intersex, bisexual and genderqueer protagonist) shares her insights and experiences of writing characters from the LGBTQ+ spectrum.
“Strong Female Protagonists” in YA
5.00pm – 6.15pm Connaught A
The term “Strong Female Protagonist” in Young Adult fiction seems to be gaining popularity following the success of The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen, who shoots arrows with pinpoint accuracy while defying the corrupt system. But what does the term mean? Why do we use it? And do we need it at all? Is it a promising trend in exciting new female role models for young people? Or just a way of praising masculine traits in fictional heroines? A panel of writers and reviewers will invite a discussion on the ins and outs of this emerging attitude towards female characters in YA fiction, and where the future of the genre lies.
Rowan Williams-Fletcher, Juliet Mushens, Laura Lam, Tom Pollock, Anna Caltabiano
I’m not a part of these but I’m hoping to attend:
August 12: Fantasy in the Court: Goldsboro Books, 6-9PM (by Tor Books & Harper Voyager)
August 13: The Gollancz Festival: Waterstones Piccadilly
Anything else on I should know about?
11:00 – 12:00, Capital Suite 2 (ExCeL)
In a 2013 column for Tor.com, Alex Dally MacFarlane called for a greater diversity in the way SF and fantasy represent families, pointing out that in the real world, “People of all sexualities and genders join together in twos, threes, or more. Family-strong friendships, auntie networks, global families… The ways we live together are endless.” Which stories centre non-normative family structures? What are the challenges of doing this in an SF context, and what are the advantages? How does representing a wider range of family types change the stories that are told?
Alice Hedenlund (M), Jed Hartman, David D Levine, Rosanne Rabinowitz, Laura Lam
11:00 – 12:00, Autographing Space (ExCeL)
Please come so I’m not sitting there on my lonesome looking sad! ;-)
13:00 – 14:00, London Suite 5 (ExCeL)
Please also come to this. There might be coffee and biscuits?!
Tony Ballantyne, Laura Lam
There Are No New Stories, But…
19:00 – 20:00, Capital Suite 16 (ExCeL)
What are some of the characters and narratives we’ve seen enough of? Is it time for the assassin with the heart of gold to take a break? Should the farmer keep farming and stop exchanging his rake for a broadsword? Could the squabbling will-they-won’t-they couple just get a room already? More generally, why are tropes used, and what are their structural, stylistic and political implications?
Kari Sperring (M), John Hornor Jacobs, Laura Lam, Pierre Pevel, Jon Wallace
Reading: Laura Lam
14:00 – 14:30, London Suite 1 (ExCeL)
I’m also gutted that I’m flying back to Aberdeen before the Robin Hobb & George R.R. Martin event on the 19th. :’(